IndyCar results and points standings after Friday at Iowa Speedway

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Simon Pagenaud delivered the first victory of the NTT IndyCar Series season for Team Penske, snapping Chip Ganassi Racing’s four-race winning streak to open the 2020 results and edging slightly closer to Scott Dixon in the points at Iowa Speedway.

Capitalizing on solid fuel mileage, strategy and a break from a 26-lap caution period at the midpoint of the 250-lap race Friday night at Iowa Speedway, Pagenaud overcame a last-place starting position and led the final 73 laps.

The 2019 Indianapolis 500 winner fended off Ganassi’s Scott Dixon by 0.4954 seconds for his 15th career victory and first since July 14, 2019 at Toronto.

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“I never give up,” Pagenaud told NBCSN’s Kelli Stavast. “If I’ve got to do it again, I’ll do it again. This we certainly a pretty cool win on an oval. Indy will always be the top, but this one was pretty cool, too.”

Rookie Oliver Askew finished a career-best third in his fifth IndyCar start, followed by Arrow McLaren SP Motorsports teammate Pato O’Ward and Penske’s Josef Newgarden.

Here are the IndyCar Iowa Speedway results and points standings:


RESULTS

Click here for the box score from Friday at Iowa Speedway

Click here for the lap leader summary from Friday’s race


POINTS

After five of a scheduled 14 races, Dixon (with three victories and a second) holds a 50-point lead (213-163) on Pagenaud in the championship standings. The rest of the top 10: Pato O’Ward 143, Josef Newgarden 137, Colton Herta 130, Marcus Ericsson 115, Graham Rahal 106, Felix Rosenqvist 105, Santino Ferrucci 104, Will Power 101.

In the rookie of year standings, Alex Palou has a 12-point lead over Oliver Askew (98-86) with Rinus VeeKay (81) in third.

Click here for the driver points chart from Friday’s 250-lap race at Iowa Speedway.

Here’s what the standings are through five races for:

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Helio Castroneves ‘hustling’ for IndyCar, IMSA rides; talking with four to five teams

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As his season gathers steam, Helio Castroneves said his prospects for finding new rides for 2021 in IMSA and IndyCar also are gaining momentum.

The three-time Indianapolis 500 winner said Monday he is optimistic about landing in either or perhaps a combination of both series when Team Penske and Acura end their DPi partnership after this season.

“A lot of people I spoke with, four to five teams, are interested,” Castroneves said. “Whether it’s doing Indy 500 only, whether it’s pushing to do full time or do the sports cars as well. It’s been a very nice conversation.

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“I have a lot of respect for all the teams that have been talking, and I feel the same feedback. We just have to wait for their (sponsor) connections, and I’m also looking for some connections on my side as well, so hopefully we’ll be able to put this together and get something very soon.”

Given two decades of success with Penske in IndyCar and IMSA, Castroneves’ resume hardly needs burnishing. But the Brazilian has combined with co-driver Ricky Taylor in the No. 7 Acura DPi to win the past two overall victories at Road America and Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.

But Castroneves, who doesn’t have a manager, said he has been working the phones hard rather than wait for the strong results to bring in the calls.

“At this point, I feel like I’m the one who needs to be talking to them because people need to know I want to continue racing and understand my desire,” Castroneves, 45, said. “There is opportunity, no question, in both (IndyCar and IMSA), which I’m really happy about it. However, because of the COVID-19, a lot of things sometimes have to be a little delayed. But I’m excited. Whatever the opportunity and whatever destiny guides me, whether IndyCar or sports cars, trust me I’ll be as happy as it could be and doing my 100 percent like I always did.

“It’s like politics, you need to be out there, good news or bad news. People have to make notice of your presence. I’m hustling. I want to continue to keep it going. Hopefully, we’ll have good news very soon.”

The news has been all good lately on track for Castroneves and Taylor, who hope to continue their run Sunday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

The No. 6 duo has surged to sixth in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship standings, 10 points out of the lead with four races remaining. After thinking there was “no hope” to be competitive after opening the season with three consecutive poor finishes, Taylor now sees an opportunity for a happy ending.

“With the program going away, Helio has won all the big races and given so much back to the team and left such a mark, he’s really part of Penske history,” Taylor said. “For me, it’s been an opportunity of a lifetime to be a part of it. I’d like to leave my little mark as well. Helio has won everything except for a championship.

“Obviously, we’ve won races already together, but we can win a championship now. I think if both of us can do that together and both win our first championship for ‘The Captain,’ that would be an absolute dream come true, and we can tie a bow on it and be happy.”